Paul Smith joined the Meredith College staff in 2001 as the Head Women's Soccer Coach. He enters his 17th season with the Avenging Angels with an impressive winning percentage of 65.6 percent. Thirteen of his teams finished with double-digit wins, and the 2016 Angels tallied a 10-3-0 record to lead the USA South Conference East Division.
During his tenure with the Angels, 65 players earned All-Conference honors, 17 All-Tournament, 11 All-Region, and 14 All-State. Alex Calvert was named the 2008 USA South Women's Soccer Tournament MVP after collecting Player of the Year honors. She earned Rookie of the Year in 2007.
Meredith earned the privilege to host the USA South Women's Soccer Tournament semifinal and championship matches in 2015 and 2016 with the top regular season finish and quarterfinal win each year. Smith collected back-to-back Coach of the Year honors, for a career total of four, as a result of his program's success.
The 2014 Avenging Angels claimed the program's second USA South Regular Season title as co-champions, and Smith collected his second conference Coach of the Year honor. Meredith's first regular season championship came in 2009 with a tournament title in 2008, and Smith was recognized as the USA South Women's Soccer Coach of the Year in 2009.
Freshman Jaisa Loch garnered the 2014 USA South Rookie of the Year as just the third goalie in conference history to collect the honor since the award's inception in 1995.
The 2013 squad finished the regular season ranked fifth and battled for a spot in the USA South championship game. A 1-0 quarterfinal win over rival Methodist placed the Avenging Angels in the semis versus top-seeded Maryville. Meredith advanced on penalty kicks and lost 2-1 in the finals to second-seeded Piedmont.
Smith's team claimed a fourth-place finish in the 2012 regular season and lost a close 2-1 match to the eventual USA South tournament champion.
In 2008, Smith led the Avenging Angels to Meredith’s first ever USA South Conference Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer tournament. The team finished the regular season in second place of the USA South with an overall 17-5 record and defeated host and number one seeded Christopher Newport in the conference tournament.
The 2007 team finished with a fourth place finish in the USA South, and the 2006 season ended with 16 wins and their first ever bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer tournament. The 2006 season also included a 12 game win streak, 14 game non-losing streak and 14 shutouts. Five players were named to the USA South All-Conference teams including the rookie of the year. Smith was named the 2006 National Coach of the Year of the Association of Division III Independents.
Smith has rebuilt the Meredith College program to a team capable of consistently playing in the Division III NCAA tournament. Smith came to Meredith from Garner High School where he served as the head men’s and women’s soccer coach. While coaching there, he was named the Region III Coach of the Year four times and the 1995 N.C. High School Coach of the Year. He also coached the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) 1983 Spartan Vipers club team to a #2 national ranking and the CASL 1978 team to a #6 national ranking. Smith served as an N.C. Olympic Development coach from 1989-1996 and has coached 14 National Team players or All-Americans. He has also served as a play-by-play announcer and television analyst for the USISL Raleigh Flyers professional soccer team.
Smith’s college playing experience at Methodist College from 1982-1985 led to his being named three times to the Dixie Conference All-Academic team. He was also named to the NSCAA/GTA Academic All-American team in 1984. Smith was selected as a midfielder to the Dixie All-Conference team and 1983 All South player. He participated in the 1983 USOC Under-20 Olympic team trials and played USISL B league Pro Soccer from 1986-88 with the Molsen Golden and Raleigh United.
Smith is a member of the North Carolina Association of Educators, National Educators Association, United States Soccer Federation, North Carolina Coaches Association, and National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He also holds a USSF national license and is a USSF state instructor. Smith was the featured speaker at the 2006 NCSCA All-State Banquet. He also was the originator of the High School Soccer Jamboree formats adopted by the NCHSAA and the North Carolina Amateur Sports Soccer Showcase for rising high school juniors and seniors.
Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in education from Methodist College. His honors there include graduating Cum Laude, serving as president of Omicron Delta Kappa Society, being named to the Who’s Who of American University and Colleges and serving as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
In addition to coaching, Smith recently retired from a longtime career teaching Honors earth science, physical science, mathematics, and freshman orientation at Garner Magnet/IB High School.